bilboes

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bilboes ‎(uncountable)

  1. (plural only) An iron bar fitting around the ankles of prisoners, and having sliding shackles.
    • 2001: The bilboes looked like handcuffs that went around the ankles. The prisoner lay flat on his back, in the dirt, his feet suspended in the air by a length of iron bar to which the bilboes were fastened. — Glen David Gold, Carter Beats The Devil

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